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Fallen UK minister, ex-wife jailed in revenge 'tragedy'

Published on Mar 12, 2013 10:38 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Disgraced former British energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife were jailed on Monday after a bitter saga of revenge that began with a driving offence and ended in adultery and the destruction of his political career.

A judge said that "any element of tragedy is entirely your own fault" as he sentenced Huhne, a Liberal Democrat party leadership contender, and Vicky Pryce to eight months imprisonment each for perverting the course of justice.

Greek-born senior economist Pryce agreed in 2003 to take penalty points on her driving licence that Huhne had incurred for speeding, in a bid to help her then-husband avoid a driving ban.

The crime would have gone undetected had Pryce not embarked on a quest for vengeance eight years later after he left her for a bisexual female election campaign aide.

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